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Founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google started out as a web search engine. It then grew into a provider of various web services (e.g., email, web publishing) and subsequently became one of the world’s biggest tech companies, standing alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. As an investor, Google is notably one of the earliest investors in Chinese internet giants Baidu and Meituan-Dianping.

Formerly known as Google Ventures, GV is the investment arm of Alphabet Inc. Although Alphabet is its sole limited partner, the VC operates independently from Google. It invests in seed, venture and growth-stage funding rounds with more than 300 companies in its portfolio worth over $5bn. Headquartered in California’s Mountain View, GV has offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York and London. The VC has been actively involved in Silicon Valley’s investment rounds for prominent startups like Uber, Slack, Ripple, Impossible Foods, Lime and Medium.

Ex-Googler David Ko (Gao Heng) holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Washington University. After graduation, he joined two startups in succession of which the latter was acquired by Google. He joined Google US and was appointed to the Shanghai Office in 2011 where he served as staff software engineer. In his eight years at Google, he worked on a number of projects, including WebCrawler, Google Finance, Google Suggest, cloud input method, AdWords.

Another “haigui” (Chinese overseas returnee), Ben Luk (or Lu Yunsheng) had worked at Microsoft and Oracle before joining Google in 2003. At Google, he held different positions in the US global headquarters, and the Beijing and HK offices. Luk led the development of Google Maps APAC. He holds a BS in Computer Science, Cornell University; and an MS in Computer Engineering, Stanford University. 

Award-winning Sheetgo offers state-of-the-art data management and spreadsheets using cloud technology to avoid costly mistakes, manual maintenance and accessibility issues. 

Stanford-educated Chau joined Google in 2000 as its 103rd staff, and was the first engineer on AdWords, RPC, Google Talk, among other projects, with expertise in Android development. He left Google in 2008 and became an angel investor. Among the companies in his portfolio, most failed except, which went public on NYSE in 2013. Chau holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology; and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Kevin Lee is an ex-Googler and co-founder of Ajaib, an online investment advisory startup. In 2016, he graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in computer science. Upon graduation, he joined Google as a software engineer with the Google Assistant development team. Two years later, he joined university schoolmate Anderson Sumarli to establish Ajaib.

Zhao worked at Google and Baidu as a search engine product manager and at Mobvoi as a B2B product manager prior to founding Dr. White.

During his time at Telkom University, Muhammad Mufid Luthfi was an active student; with internships at startups like Tokopedia and Kitabisa, as well as student ambassador roles with Google and Mozilla. In 2015, he co-founded two businesses: Rias Pesta, a wedding services firm based in Riau, and IDCloudHost, a web hosting service startup.Mufid graduated in 2016 with a degree in Information Systems. He is also a trainer at Google Indonesia’s GAPURA program and a business development advisor at Gamebrott, a gaming news portal.

Named by Andrew Ng as one of the world's best hackers, Lou Tiancheng (b. 1986) holds a BS and a PhD in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, where he joined the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science (now Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences) at Tsinghua University) headed by Turing Award winner Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao. Lou began his career at Google X (before it became Waymo), where he worked on autonomous driving technology, leaving Google in 2016. More commonly known by his handle ACRush within the programming community, Lou was named best Chinese coder the TopCoder Open, the Olympics for hackers, 10 years in a row. He is also a two-time winner of Google Code Jam, a global programming competition. Before co-founding, Lou was the youngest T10 engineer at Baidu, where he worked on autonomous driving under Chief Architect and fellow co-founder James Peng. 

Former Google research scientist, focusing on speech and natural language processing. Lin Hui graduated from Tsinghua University, after which he obtained his PhD from the University of Washington.

Founder and CEO of Pinduoduo. Serial entrepreneur. The son of a factory worker, Huang received his BSc from Zhejiang University and his MSc from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both in Computer Science. Upon the advice of a billionaire entrepreneur, he decided to join Google instead of Microsoft and, as a result, became financially independent within three years. Huang left Google in 2007. Before founding Pinduoduo, he started two other companies, both of which were profitable but failed to gain prestige. Looking to achieve renown, Huang started Pinduoduo in 2015.

A former product manager at Google HQ and director of product at AdChina, Wang Yi was an electrical engineering major at Tsinghua University, and holds a PhD in computer science from Princeton University.

Daniel Araújo first became interested in startups while earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management at Católica Porto Business School. He went on to earn his master’s in International Business Development from the American Business School in Paris. After five years working in research and analytics at Google UK and Ireland, Araújo returned to Portugal to launch startup Attentive in 2015. He also co-founded online Portuguese startup and events directory NovaWeb with his brother Pedro while at Google. Araújo is also a mentor at the accelerator Techstars and a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum's Lisbon Hub.

Formerly from Google Singapore, Winston Utomo earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012 and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in 2014. Hailing from Surabaya, he was the president of USC Association of Indonesian Students during his studies at USC. Before co-founding the media company PT IDN Media in June 2014, Winston was a Senior Account Strategist at Google Singapore until October 2015. He was also a project manager at St. John Capital Management in 2012.Besides being the co-founder and CEO of IDN Media, he is also the Editor-in-Chief of IDN Media that owns IDNtimes.

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